Prof. Jutta Gärtner has received the Hamburger Wissenschaftspreis 2019 „Angeborene seltene Erkrankungen“ (Hamburg Science Prize 2019 "Congenital Rare Diseases") in Hamburg City Hall in front of over 100 invited guests. With this award, the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg (Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg) honours Prof. Gärtner's groundbreaking work in the field of rare congenital neurometabolic diseases in children and adolescents. Jutta Gärtner is Director of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at University Medical Center Göttingen and scientist at the DZNE Göttingen.
The prize is endowed with 100,000 euros. This is the highest endowed prize of a German science academy. It is donated by the Hamburgische Stiftung für Wissenschaften, Entwicklung und Kultur Helmut und Hannelore Greve. In 2019, the prize was dedicated to the topic "Congenital rare diseases".
The aim is to encrease the visibility of rare diseases, which are not so rare at all, in Germany and to further promote this field of research. There are about four million people living in Germany who suffer from a rare disease - an estimated two million of them are children and adolescents.